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Homebase to review advertising business

Diy and garden retailer looks at changing its current media partner. 
7 February 2008

DIY & Garden Show/Totally Tools wins exhibitor and visitor praise

Glowing reviews for DIY & Garden Show and Totally Tools 
7 February 2008

Slow start to year for NWF garden centres

Interim results for NWF Group have shown a difficult trading period for the the diversified sales and distribution business, which operates six garden centres. 
5 February 2008

Shoppers still favour DIY

Diy and garden market remains one of the largest in the UK durables sector. 
5 February 2008

Two new sponsors for Industry Awards

Mica and DHL Exel Supply Chain on board for 2008 event 
4 February 2008

Travis Perkins spends £20m on new branches

Travis Perkins has spent £20m in the first five weeks of 2008 opening 13 new branches – including four new Wickes stores. 
4 February 2008

Industry Awards 2008: DON'T MISS OUT!

Still time to get your entries in! 
4 February 2008

Black & Decker cuts jobs in north east

Black & Decker has announced plans to cut 169 jobs at its factory in Spennymoor, County Durham. 
4 February 2008

Branch closures at Floors-2-Go

Flooring specialist today announces 90 redundancies 
1 February 2008

UPDATE: Floors-2-Go releases statement

Chief executive confirms staff cuts due to ‘difficult’ few months 
1 February 2008

TV builder helps Wickes launch fundraising campaign

Chocoholics ‘go without’ to raise money for Leukaemia Research 
31 January 2008

New appointment at Typhoon

Hector Hui hired as head of quality control for homewares manufacturer. 
31 January 2008

Notcutts staff a cut above

Staff at Notcutts’ Norwich branch have been named “Brains of Norwich”. 
29 January 2008

B&Q goes after the grey pound

B&Q will shortly unveil a new range aimed entirely at attracting a market of 25 million over-fifties. 
27 January 2008

Kingfisher appoints Ian Cheshire as group chief executive

B&Q ceo replaces outgoing Gerry Murphy with effect from January 28, 2008. 
25 January 2008

BHETA links up with Interbuild

Interbuild is offering a discount to British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) members who want to exhibit at its show in October. 
25 January 2008

Plasti-kote emphasises the importance of online presence

An interactive, informative and consumer-focussed virtual shop-front makes a significant difference, claims the paint-spray manufacturer. 
25 January 2008

JML buys two shopping channels from Sky

JML has purchased two television shopping channels from Sky’s electronic programming guide (EPG). 
25 January 2008

Topps secures ad deal with ITV

Campaign to run three times a week after the national news. 
24 January 2008

New management appointments at Toolbank

Toolbank has appointed Phil Corby as its new logistics director. 
23 January 2008
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